History-Spanning 6CD Matador Box Due

 

Hello, Chain Gang
fans! All the bands you know and love, quite a few you forgot about or (depending
on your age) never even heard of, and a fistful of poker chips just to hedge
your bets.

 

By Fred Mills

 

You already heard the news about Matador Records throwing
themselves a 21st birthday party in Las Vegas on Oct. 1-3 – the one that prompted
the “classic era” Guided By Voices to reunite – and last week the label also
published the final schedule for the event, which now includes Liz Phair, the Clean, Times New Viking, Perfume Genius, and Esben & the Witch on the bill.

 

So yesterday Matador made another, possibly even more
tantalizing, announcement:
Sept. 28 will see the release of a massive limited
edition box set, Matador at 21, which
as you might imagine is a chronicle of the label’s history to date, going all
the way back to 1989. It’s a six-disc box with one CD devoted to live
performances recorded professionally at the label’s 10th anniversary
concerts in NYC in 1999.

 

According to Matador: “The set comes in a blue-grey
foil-stamped linen-bound box. The six CDs sit in custom digipaks. An 85-page
perfect-bound book documents the history of the label with essays, photos,
ephemera, emails and more. In addition, the box holds 36 custom Matador poker
chips in three values.” There will also be a 2LP set containing the tracks on
disc 5, “Matador Today,” comprising material from 2008 to the present. See the full
tracklistings for all six CDs below.

 

 

Sales of the box will be donated to three charities: The
Jane Addams Hull House Association, the Ali Forney Center and the Heart Institute at
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. (Full details at the Matador box set link
listed above.)

 

DISC 1 – THE PRE-DAWN (1989-1992)

1. Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
2. H.P. Zinker – Dancing Days
3. Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
4. Dustdevils – Throw the Bottle Full
5. Railroad Jerk – These Streets
6. Come – Fast Piss Blues
7. Bettie Serveert – Kid’s Alright
8. Chain Gang – Cut Off The Drug Czar’s Head
9. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 – More Glee
10. Unsane – This Town
11. Circle X – Compression of the Species
12. Toiling Midgets – Mr. Foster’s Shoes
13. Bailter Space – The Today Song
14. Pavement – Perfume-V

 

DISC TWO – THE YEARS OF MILK AND HONEY (1993-1995)

1. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Afro
2. Yo La Tengo – Big Day Coming
3. Railroad Jerk – The Ballad of Railroad Jerk
4. Helium – Superball
5. Pizzicato Five – Baby Love Child
6. Liz Phair – Mesmerizing
7. Pavement – Silence Kit
8. Guided By Voices – Game Of Pricks
9. 18th Dye – Whole Wide World
10. Chavez – Peeled Out Too Late
11. Come – String
12. Moonshake – Secondhand Clothes
13. Guitar Wolf – Midnight Violence Rock’n Roll
14. San Francisco
Seals – Back Again
15. Bardo Pond – Rumination

 

DISC 3: DAYS OF WHISKEY AND TEARS (1996-2001)

1. Boards Of Canada
– Telephasic Workshop
2. Spoon – Waiting For The Kid To Come Out
3. Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
4. Chavez – You Must Be Stopped
5. Silkworm – Tarnished Angel
6. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flavor Part 1 (Beck)
7. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Flavor Part 2 (Mike D)
8. Pole – Fliegen
9. Cat Power – American Flag
10. Belle & Sebastian – We Rule The School
11. Mogwai – Helps Both Ways
12. Arsonists – Backdraft
13. Large Professor – ‘Bout That Time
14. Cornelius – Tone Twilight Zone
15. burger/ink – Flesh & Blood
16. Pavement – You Are A Light
17. Arab Strap – Blood
18. Matmos – L.A.S.I.K

 

DISC FOUR: DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK (2002-2007)

1. Interpol – Hands Away
2. Cat Power – He War
3. Yo La Tengo – Today Is The Day
4. The New Pornographers – From Blown Speakers
5. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
6. Dead Meadow – Good Moanin’
7. Mogwai – Kids Will Be Skeletons
8. Mission Of Burma – The Setup
9. Early Man – Death Is The Answer
10. Belle & Sebastian – Dress Up In You
11. Pretty Girls Make Graves – All
Medicated Geniuses
12. Cat Power – Love & Communication
13. Shearwater – Johnny Viola
14. Brightblack Morning Light – Everybody Daylight
15. Lavender Diamond – You Broke My Heart
16. Jennifer O’Connor – Tonight We Ride
16. Earles & Jensen – Just Farr A Laugh: The Yogurt Machine
17. Stephen Malkmus – Discretion Grove

 

DISC FIVE: MATADOR TODAY (2008 – )

1. Fucked Up – Son The Father
2. Sonic Youth – Sacred Trickster
3. Kurt Vile – Amplifier
4. Yo La Tengo – Nothing to Hide
5. Jay Reatard – There Is No Sun
6. Times New Viking – Move To California
7. Harlem – Friendly Ghost
8. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Bottled In Cork
9. The New Pornographers – My Shepherd
10. Cold Cave – Youth and Lust
11. Interpol – Summer Well
12. Shearwater – Castaways
13. Esben and the Witch – Marching Song
14. Girls – Lust For Life
15. Magic Kids – Superball
16. Delorean – Stay Close
17. Cat Power – Metal Heart
18. Perfume Genius – Learning
19. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

 

DISC SIX: UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDINGS FROM THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS, NEW YORK CITY, SEPTEMBER
1999

1. Pavement – Here (Live 1999)
2. Pavement – Trigger Cut (Live 1999)
3. Pavement – The Hexx (Live 1999)
4. Pavement – She Believes (Live 1999)
5. Pavement – Unfair (Live 1999)
6. Pavement – Zurich
Is Stained (Live 1999)
7. Pavement – Debris Slide (Live 1999)
8. Pavement – Spit On A Stranger (Live 1999)
9. Come – New Coats (Live 1999)
10. Bardo Pond – Walking Stick Man (Live 1999)
11. Bardo Pond – Tommy Gun Angel (Live 1999)
12. Cat Power – Good Woman (Live 1999)
13. Cat Power – Naked, If I Want To (Live 1999)
14. Cat Power – You May Know Him / Sea
Of Love (Live 1999)
15. Mogwai – Ex-Cowboy (Live 1999)

 

 

 

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